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Check Out The New Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Poster

Focus Features has debuted the Won’t You Be My Neighbor? poster. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom) directed the documentary, which is set to be released in select theaters on June 8, 2018.

Additionally, Focus Features will be launching the Won’t You Be My Neighbor? pop up at next week’s CinemaCon, beginning April 23rd, inside Caesar’s Palace by the Pisa Room in Las Vegas. Go back in time to the friendliest, most welcoming place from everybody’s childhood – Mister Rogers’ Living Room.  Make sure to follow the film’s socials to find more info on additional stops.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? takes an intimate look at America’s favorite neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers. A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this documentary is an emotional and moving film that takes you beyond zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius, who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? is produced by Morgan Neville, Caryn Capotosto and Nicholas Ma and is a production of Tremolo Productions in association with Impact Partners and Independent Lens / PBS.

First airing on February 19, 1968, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood went on to run for over 31 seasons and 895 episodes. The series garnered 59 Daytime Emmy award nominations and four wins with Rogers being awarded a Lifetime achievement award in 1997.

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Kevin James: Never Don’t Give Up Trailer

You know him, you love him, and you’ve never seen him like this before. Never Don’t Give Up, a brand new Netflix Comedy special from Kevin James, premieres on April 24. 

Kevin James makes his long-awaited return to stand-up in this family-friendly special, dishing on fatherhood, fans, his disdain for allergies and more.

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Mr. Mercedes Season Two Set To Premiere On AT&T Audience Network On August 22

After the highly-acclaimed first season, AT&T Audience Network‘s Mr. Mercedes has finally had its second season release announced for August 22.

Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, the first season followed a retired detective, Bill Hodges, haunted by the case of a killer, Brady Hartsfield, who murdered 16 people in a stolen Mercedes and who remains undiscovered two years later, only for the killer to reemerge and begin taunting the detective, leading the two to engage in a deadly game of cat and mouse.

Mr. Mercedes Season Two takes place a year after Hartsfield’s thwarted attempt to perpetrate a second mass murder in the community of Bridgton, Ohio. Since the incident, Hartsfield has been hospitalized in a vegetative state. Hodges has done his best to move on from his Brady obsession, teaming up with Holly Gibney to open Finders Keepers, a private investigative agency. But when unexplainable occurrences begin to affect hospital staff members attending to Brady, Hodges is haunted by the feeling that Brady is somehow responsible.

The original cast, including Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges) as Hodges, Harry Treadaway (Penny Dreadful) as Hartsfield, are all set to return for the 10-episode second season along with newcomers Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Tessa Ferrer (Grey’s Anatomy) and Maximiliano Hernandez (Sicario) set to make their debuts.

The second season is set to adapt all three novels of the Bill Hodges trilogy, including Mercedes, Finders Keepers and End of Watch.

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ABC Announces The Athletes For The Upcoming Dancing With The Stars: Athletes

Get ready, sports fans, for the most competitive season of “Dancing with the Stars” ever as the show fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 athletes to sparkle up their uniforms and lace up their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, on the season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,” Monday, April 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand. This season’s lineup of athletes includes three Olympic figure skaters, a former Los Angeles Lakers superstar, an Olympic gold medal-winning softball player, a Notre Dame women’s basketball national championship hero, an American luger, a gold medal-winning Olympic snowboarder, a former World Series-winning Major League Baseball player and an NFL cornerback.

Here are the 10 athletes who will be competing:

Adam Rippon, Olympian figure skater, paired with Jenna Johnson
Arike Ogunbowale, college basketball player, with Gleb Savchenko
Chris Mazdzer, Olympian Luger, with Witney Carson
Jamie Anderson, Olympia snowboarder, with Artem Chigvintsev
Jennie Finch Daigle, former softball pitcher, with Keo Motsepe
Johnny Damon, former MLB outfielder, with Emma Slater
Josh Norman, NFL cornerback, with Sharna Burgess
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, former NBA superstar, with Lindsay Arnold
Mirai Nagasu, Olympian figure skater, with Alan Bersten
Tonya Harding, former competitive skater, with Sasha Farber

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Martin Scorsese Bringing SCTV Comedy Special To Netflix

Netflix has announced that Academy Award-winning director, producer, and screenwriter Martin Scorsese (The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street) will direct an untitled Netflix original comedy special exploring the enduring legacy of Emmy-winning sketch comedy show SCTV.

Scorsese will reunite comedy legends and former co-stars Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, and Dave Thomas in front of a live audience for An Afternoon with SCTV, moderated by Jimmy Kimmel. This special will be held at Toronto’s historic Elgin Theatre on Sunday, May 13 at 3 pm. The filming will be part of the Netflix special, which is produced by longtime SCTV producer Andrew Alexander of Second City, Emma Tillinger Koskoff of Sikelia Productions, and Lindsay Cox of Insight Productions.

SCTV (Second City Television) was a Canadian classic sketch comedy show that aired for six seasons between 1976 and 1984. It was created as an offshoot of Toronto’s Second City troupe and it quickly became one of pop culture’s touchstone comedies. The series’ stars include some of the most beloved and celebrated names in laughter, including the late John Candy and Harold Ramis.

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Conan Without Borders: Italy Premieres April 11, 2018

TBS’ Conan will take the show internationally for the ninth time in three years as the popular host travels to Italy. Conan Without Borders: Italy will be a primetime special premiering Wednesday, April 11 at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) on TBS. For his latest adventure, O’Brien put a different spin on his usual travel shows bringing along fan favorite show staffer Jordan Schlansky.

During his week in Italy, Conan visited various sites throughout the country. He took a whirlwind road trip from Florence to Naples, meeting the people, and enjoying Italian food and culture. He rented a vintage 1962 Fiat, taking a drive through the Chianti wine country. He visited the hilltop Tuscan town of Cortona, where frequent visitor Jordan is honored by the mayor. Additionally, Conan does a guest turn on the popular Italian soap opera “Un Posto Al Sole.”

Conan Without Borders: Italy marks O’Brien’s ninth international adventure in the past three years. Most recently he traveled to Haiti. After hearing President Trump’s disparaging remarks about Haiti, O’Brien immediately announced his intentions to visit the island nation. There he showed the strength of the people and the beauty of the country. He has travelled to Mexico City where he shot an episode of Conan with the help of an all-Mexican staff, crew, guests Vicente Fox, Diego Luna and an all-Mexican studio audience. He has made headlines as the first American late-night host to shoot in Cuba in more than 50 years. He became the first American late-night personality ever to host a show from Armenia as well as South Korea. O’Brien has joined former First Lady Michelle Obama at the international Air Force Base in Doha, Qatar, to perform for the troops stationed overseas. In previous years, O’Brien has done special shows from New York, Chicago, Dallas, San Diego and Atlanta.

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AMC Greenlights Joe Hill’s NOS4A2 Series

AMC announced today that it has greenlit new supernatural horror series NOS4A2, based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Joe Hill, who will also executive produce the series. Jami O’Brien (Fear the Walking Dead, Hell on Wheels) created the show for television, and will serve as showrunner and executive producer along with executive producer Lauren Corrao, Co-President of Tornante Television. The series is produced by AMC Studios in association with Tornante Television. The NOS4A2 series will premiere with 10 episodes in 2019.

NOS4A2 introduces Vic McQueen, a young, working class artist who discovers she has a supernatural ability to track the seemingly immortal Charlie Manx. Manx feeds off the souls of children, then deposits what remains of them into Christmasland – a twisted Christmas Village of Manx’s imagination where every day is Christmas day and unhappiness is against the law. Vic must strive to defeat Manx and rescue his victims – without losing her mind or falling victim to him herself.

“’NOS4A2’ continues in AMC’s rich tradition of immersive dramas that combine otherworldly stories with relatable relationships and big emotional themes,” said David Madden, president of original programming for AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “Jami O’Brien and the writing team have vibrantly brought Joe Hill’s incredible story to life for the small screen and we are pleased to be making this diabolically unique new show under the AMC Studios shingle, in association with Tornante.”

“We are pleased that Tornante found the perfect partners in Jami and AMC to develop and broadcast this unique and original series with complex characters and themes based on the Joe Hill book,” said Michael Eisner, owner of Tornante.

“I couldn’t be more excited about the forthcoming adaptation of ‘NOS4A2.’ I know it’s in good hands with showrunner Jami O’Brien: her beautifully composed scripts show a writer at the height of her powers, one who has an exquisite touch with character and a relentless instinct for suspense,” said Hill. “AMC’s record speaks for itself: who wouldn’t want to be in business with the ‘Mad Men’ who ‘Broke Bad’ and made ‘The Dead Walk?’ And Tornante’s dedication to bringing singular visions to TV has freed everyone involved to do their best and truest work. I can’t wait to see Vic McQueen turn the throttle and go after Charlie Manx in 2019. Let’s ride.”

“I loved Joe Hill’s fantastic book from the moment I read it, and look forward to continuing to work with Joe, AMC, and Tornante on this exciting material,” said O’Brien.

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Elton John: I’m Still Standing—A Grammy Salute

There are few people in music that can claim the kind of longevity that Elton John has enjoyed throughout his five-decade career. 

With 35 gold albums, 25 platinum, more than 300 million records sold, and over 4,000 performances in more than 80 countries, Elton John is about to be celebrated like never before! Elton John: I’m Still Standing—A Grammy Salute, a celebration of the incredible career of the music legend, will be broadcast on Tuesday, Apr. 10 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access. The special concert, filmed in front of an electric Madison Square Garden crowd back in January, features a collection of all-star performers from across the world of music.

Not only will the bill include Elton John himself performing a medley of his timeless hits—including “Bennie And The Jets” and “Philadelphia Freedom”—but also expect to see the following artists cover even more of John’s beloved hits: 

“The Bitch Is Back” – Miley Cyrus
“Candle in the Wind” – Ed Sheeran
“Daniel” – Sam Smith
“I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues” – Alessia Cara
“Your Song” – Lady Gaga
“Rocket Man” – Little Big Town
“Border Song” – Christopher Jackson & Valerie Simpson
“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” – SZA & Shawn Mendes
“Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters” – Maren Morris
“We All Fall In Love Sometimes” – Chris Martin
“My Father’s Gun” – Miranda Lambert
“Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” – Kesha
“Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” – John Legend
“I’m Still Standing” – Elton John and ensemble

The performers won’t be the only guests to make an appearance at the show, as even more celebs are slated to salute Elton, including: 

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert bandleader Jon Batiste
Entertainer Neil Patrick Harris
Bull star Christopher Jackson
Actress Anna Kendrick
CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King
Elementary star Lucy Liu
R&B singer Valerie Simpson
Singer/actress Hailee Steinfeld

Aside from watching the televised broadcast on Tuesday, Apr. 10 at 9/8c on CBS, you’ll be able to stream Elton John: I’m Still Standing—A GRAMMY Salute through CBS All Access on your desktop, smartphone, and a variety of other electronic devices, including Apple TV, Android, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, iPad, iPhone, PS4, Roku, Windows 10, Xbox. Or, simply visit CBS.com. 

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Showtime Presents Kevin Smith: Silent, But Deadly On May 11, 2018

On February 25, veteran comic Kevin Smith took the stage at the Alex Theater in Glendale, CA to perform the first of two planned stand-up shows. But right after the first show ended, he suffered a near-fatal heart attack. Smith cheated death, and so the special shot that fateful evening, Kevin Smith: Silent, But Deadly, will make its world premiere Friday, May 11 at 9 p.m. on Showtime.

In this hilarious set, Smith riffs on marriage, fatherhood, friends and his work (or lack thereof). Though unaware of Smith’s condition then, both he and the audience would later learn that Smith had suffered a massive heart attack caused by a 100 percent blockage of the artery known as “the widow-maker.” Lucky and happy to be alive, the award-winning comedian/filmmaker/writer/actor/podcaster now brings this death-defying special to his multitude of fans.

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HBO’s Fahrenheit 451 Official Trailer Released

HBO Films has released the Fahrenheit 451 official trailer featuring Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther, Creed) and Michael Shannon (Man of Steel). The movie will premiere on HBO on May 19 at 8 pm. 

Directed by Ramin Bahrani (99 Homes) and written by Bahrani & Amir Naderi (Vegas: Based on a True Story), Fahrenheit 451 is based on Ray Bradbury’s classic novel of the same name, depicting a future where the media is an opiate, history is rewritten and “firemen” burn books.

Jordan portrays Montag, a young fireman who forsakes his world and struggles to regain his humanity as he battles his mentor, fire captain Beatty, played by Shannon. Sofia Boutella (The Mummy, Kingsman: The Secret Service) stars as Clarisse, an informant caught between the competing interests of Montag and Beatty.

The cast also includes Lilly Singh (Bad Moms) as Raven, a tabloid reporter who works with the fire department to spread the ministry’s propaganda by broadcasting its book-burning raids to fans.

The film was shot on location in Toronto. The behind-the-scenes team includes director of photography Kramer Morgenthau, ASC, production designer Mark Digby, costume designer Meghan Kasperlik, editor Alex Hall and composers Matteo Zingales & Antony Partos.

Fahrenheit 451 is an HBO Films presentation of a Noruz Films, Brace Cove, and Outlier Society production; executive producers, Ramin Bahrani, Sarah Green, Michael B. Jordan, Alan Gasmer, Peter Jaysen; David Coatsworth produces.

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